Which plan for busy site?

Good evening,

I want to move from my another VPN to Digital Ocean but i don’t know which server i need to choose.

I have now a VPN 4 CPU 8 GB Ram. Disk space no need more then 16 GB. I have around 500/1000 visitors online at the same time and around 100.000 visitors totally a daytime.

I use WordPress. My current VPN goes offline when around 1500-2000 visitors online at the same time.

I hope some one can help me with this question.

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Hello there,

Choosing the right Droplet plan depends on your workload. An oversized Droplet would underuse its resources and cost more, but an undersized Droplet running at full CPU or memory would suffer from degraded performance or errors.

To help you pick the best Droplet plan for your use case, this article explains the differences between shared and dedicated CPUs, goes into detail on each Droplet plan, and concludes with how to make a data-driven decision.

You can also resize a Droplet to a larger plan after creation, including resizing to a larger Droplet plan of a different kind. For example, you can resize from a Basic Droplet plan to a larger CPU-Optimized Droplet plan. See the Droplet pricing page for a full list of plans and prices.


Hi @Bernt112,

This is really hard to say. These factors can be pinpointed by a couple of things.

Firstly, optimize your website as fully as possible. This would include caching,gzip compression, optimizing images etc. etc.

Secondly, what setup do you want to use for your server? Is it Apache with Varnish,Nginx with Varnish, plain Nginx or Varnish with Pound?

For me the best possible configuration for a Wordpress website is Nginx however maybe someone else can also chipin and say what they prefer.

Another thing would be using MariaDB 10.3(I think that was the latest at the moment) for a DB engine. I find that it handles Wordpress and the queries it generates quite well.

With all that combined, I’ll recommend starting with a droplet of the size of your VPN and gradually upgrade it, if needed.

You can also try and separate the DB server for the Web Server. That way the traffic will be load balanced a bit more.

Kind regards, Kalin D.